Sunday Update – March 19, 2017

S. J. Pajonas March 19, 2017
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It appears I was so wiped out from my trip last weekend that I forgot to upload a photo to Instagram on Monday! That rarely happens, but I’m not surprised. It was a very hectic weekend away with camping in the freezing cold woods.

After I recovered from camping on Monday, the week took a turn. We had a major blizzard here in the Northeast, and my kids had snow days on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday was relatively fine and everyone was good about entertaining themselves while my husband and I continued to get work done. Wednesday was the killer of the two days. I didn’t understand why they called off school, but I guess the district needed another day for snow removal. Still, the whole world got by with no problem. The cleaning ladies showed up and my kids still went to tennis. The roads were clear. *shrugs shoulders* Yeah, I don’t get why we had an additional snow day either. So now there’s massive piles of snow EVERYWHERE, and of course, I hate it. Winter is my nemesis, and snow even more so. I can’t wait for it to melt and go away.

Thursday, everyone went back to school and I got back to work. Right now, I’m in that slow beginning stage on two new books, Daydreamer 4 and Hikoboshi 2. I’m feeling out where I want to start each of them and where I want them to go. Beginnings and ends are always really tough for me to write. I want them to be powerful, to really grab the reader and pull them in, then leave them satisfied at the end. So that’s where I spend the majority of my time. I’m a little over 5k on both books and I’m trying to get them both to the end of the first act, when I’ll then split my time on them and go back and forth. My goal is to finish both by June 1. I think I can hit that. Once that’s done, I’ll be preparing the sci-fi books to publish in the summer and fall.

Friday was St. Patrick’s Day. I worked in the morning and went to the gym to lift weights then to Whole Foods for lunch where they had some kids playing Irish music on stringed instruments. It was quite entertaining.

Yesterday, Saturday, was spent working again. I did two sessions of walking and dictating on the treadmill. Walking and dictating are going well for me and I really enjoy the process of doing both at the same time. Also, it’s been great for my hands! I experience very little pain anymore in my fingers. I love my Dragon!

What else happened this week?

When I’m working out plot points, I’m trying to do it longhand into notebooks first before transferring over to Evernote. It helps me concentrate on just the story and not be distracted by notifications on my computer.

It’s time for the sumo spring championship going on in Osaka now! My husband and I have our favorites and we love sitting down to watch the highlights.

St. Patrick’s Day entertainment at my local Whole Foods.

And we started watching Swiss Family Robinson last night with the kids! It’s one of my favorite movies from when I was a kid. So far they love it, but we stopped it last night in the middle because it was bedtime.

Coming up this week on the blog: the last two teasers for THE DAYDREAMER DETECTIVE OPENS A TEA SHOP. I hope you’ve enjoyed them so far!

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  • Whoa, that picture of the snow is crazy!

    I can definitely see how beginnings and endings would be hardest, for exactly the reasons you said. Plus it seems like the story might flow more once you’re more into it?

    I’m glad Dragon is working so well and that your fingers are feeling better!

    Wow, that’s some serious entertainment in Whole Foods. I thought it was like three people or something when you described it lol. Irish music is awesome though, so that’d be cool!

    • We had so much snow it was crazy!! I’m glad it’s pretty much all gone now and the temperatures will be warm for the next 7-10 days.

  • We had snow here too, but not as much as you guys. And now they’re saying tomorrow will be a high of 75 degrees! It’s pure craziness!!

    • Our temperatures this coming week will be nice! I’m looking forward to some outdoor walks.